Noble Work

Author : David Kavanaugh “First day on the job?” asked the women in the lab coat, twirling a set of digikeys on one finger. “Yep.” “You excited?” “Sure am. I’ve been on the waiting list for ages! It’s funny; there seem to be job openings here all the time, but I put…

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Leader

Author : Madison McSweeney It was 9:30 AM on a Friday when the Martians landed on Dave McQuilty’s farm. The ship, which was more spherical than saucer-shaped, touched down in the midst of some cows. A long silver platform descended and a little grey man stepped out….

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Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo-4?

Author : Trevor Doyle Sex droids don’t do it for me, but I’ve never had a problem with clones. My most recent Romeo, for instance. The last time I saw him, he was standing on my gold plated balcony, his back to the city that worships at my feet. He looked like a pop…

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Devil’s Game

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer It’s another tediously quiet evening in Watchpost 113 at the western edge of the Sonoran Borderlands. Fred is making waffles while Adey idly flicks through the long-distance views. Fred glances round as Adey jerks upright in his chair,…

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Tao of the Space Cowgirl

Author : M. Irene Hill Today’s sunrise is a Chinese watercolor painting, with inky tree branches in the foreground of an ombre sky. Below a band of monochrome cloud, a thin line of cinnabar melts into pink chrysanthemum in rhythmic balance. I imagine that a bird’s eye…

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Dance With The Moon

Author : Russell Bert Waters The moon stares down as I stand on the beach next to what once was the ocean. Powerless to control the tide, or anything at all, the moon seems sad. This is conjecture on my part. The moon hasn’t said anything lately, so for all I know it…

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Meat Market

Author : Dylan Otto Krider Talmey is not a pervert, just very lonely. He tried to get dates, really he did. With the computer business, he didn’t have time. Plus, he was shy and — he could admit this – ugly. But a guy has certain needs; for sex, yes, of course, but…

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The Sky Belongs

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer It has always been the way that the skies inspired images of freedom and escape from the troubles of the now. “The sky belongs to none”, as my grandfather used to say. We’ve had Eflubian motherships and Targamor raidcraft, Claflandian…

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Two Red Lights

Author : Anthony Francis Hariq realized she’d wandered into their territory the moment it was too late to go back. She’d turned too early, into the alley to the abandoned school, a blasted block of creaking swings and dirty chainlink the city had let fall to them. Not…

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Mission Failure

Author : David C. Nutt “Give me a good reason why I should not demote you, Sub-lieutenant.” “Excellency, I followed the mission parameters to the letter. I do not understand why the creatures reacted so violently.” “Did you manifest as an older white male with upper…

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UFO Club

Author : Kraig Conkin The gray skinned youths standing at the edge of the platform cheered when the silver saucer broke the clouds and descended towards them. Upon landing, Winkus popped from the hatch and ran to meet his schoolmates. “Did you do it?” Tizdic, leader…

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For His Ship To Come In

Author : David C. Nutt “You think I’m crazy?” Sammy stopped hammering the board he was working on and turned to the old man. “Just because your building a boat dock in the middle of a Kansas wheat field, 417 miles from the ocean? Let’s just say I think you’re a tad…

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Business is Good

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Do you need to have a defensive engagement but can’t afford it? We can help. UNITED DEFENCE is the acknowledged leader in warfare solutions throughout the Milky Way. From terrorist suppression to continent-spanning strategic…

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Lonely Nomad

Author : Malcolm Carvalho “Do you have to leave so soon, Arun?” Arun slipped an arm under Eliya’s head, allowing her to snuggle closer to him. “Eli, that’s the nature of my job. I can’t stop at just one place.” “Hell, why not?” Eliya said. “You’ve already set up the…

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We All Lost

Author : R. W. Warwick I ran from the parking area up to the back of the queue. It was huge. I tapped the shoulder of the woman in front of me. “Why is it so busy today?” I asked. She half turned but didn’t face me. “What rock have you been under? It’s always busy…

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The Hunted

Author : Travis Gregg The snow was falling gently all around, big thick snowflakes that stuck to everything. It was the first real snow of winter and in a few weeks the whole area would be under a couple feet. I’d been out an hour before sunrise, my joints stiff and…

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Wayward Son

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer June looked up as the diner door opened. There was Jack, ten-fifteen every morning like clockwork. Same dark, carefully pressed single-breasted suit, always with his trench coat folded over his left arm, fedora perched on top of his…

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Author : Tim McDaniel The ceiling opened and the Priest Judge Arbitrator descended into the Control Center. Tloygruu bobbed his head up and down the correct number of times, but one hand snuck down to tug on his genitalia. There was no need for concern or worry, he…

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